\ ˈshmüz How to pronounce schmooze (audio) \
variants: or shmooze
schmoozed or shmoozed; schmoozing or shmoozing

Definition of schmooze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to converse informally : chat also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections

transitive verb

: to engage in schmoozing with she schmoozed her professors



Definition of schmooze (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gathering or time devoted to schmoozing
2 : casual talk that is often gossipy or ingratiating

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schmoozer \ ˈshmü-​zər How to pronounce schmoozer (audio) \ noun

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Schmooze (also spelled shmooze) is one of a small, but significant, number of words borrowed from Yiddish that have become relatively common parts of the English language. Other such words include chutzpah, lox,maven,mensch,nebbish,schlep, and schlock. Though classified as a High German language, Yiddish also borrows from the Slavic and Latinate languages as well as from Aramaic and Hebrew. It was the Hebrew shěmu’ōth ("news, rumor") that provided Yiddish with the noun shmues ("talk") and the verb shmuesn ("to talk or chat"). Although originally used in English to indicate simply talking in an informal and warm manner, schmooze has since also taken on the suggestion of discussion for the purposes of gaining something.

Examples of schmooze in a Sentence

Verb People will have time to schmooze during the cocktail hour. spent every spare minute of the conference schmoozing with the industry's power players Noun had to master the art of the schmooze if she wanted to get ahead in the business
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Ringer’s Bill Simmons schmoozed off to the side, and Tooley made his rounds. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA All-Star Weekend's toughest ticket? It's not Sunday's game. It's the tech summit.," 11 Feb. 2020 According to Page Six, the Sussexes schmoozed with none other than Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at JPMorgan’s Miami billionaire’s summit in Miami this week. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Had Dinner with Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in Miami," 9 Feb. 2020 The hope was that the listener would enjoy feeling like a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on two scientists schmoozing. Quanta Magazine, "Why I’m Hosting The Joy of x Podcast," 15 Jan. 2020 With its winding staircase and notice-me glam color palette of black-fuchsia-and-shine, this is a space made for boozy biz schmoozing. Ariana Romero,, "Party Of Five’s Emily Tosta Came To America Undocumented. Now She’s On Billboards," 8 Jan. 2020 The event can bring local news coverage, and in between public appearances, there’s an opportunity to schmooze with the party’s poobahs backstage. James Pindell,, "Scorecard: How do Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren measure up in N.H.?," 17 Aug. 2019 This week Mr Putin will schmooze dozens of African leaders in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Economist, "The Kremlin is encouraging Guinea’s president to ditch the constitution," 21 Oct. 2019 In New Hampshire, Democrats are schmoozing with local officials, chatting up local press, and making their best pitches in the marketplace of ideas in a place where discerning voters can lift a candidate out of obscurity to national prominence. James Pindell,, "For many presidential candidates, Election Day might as well be next week," 21 Aug. 2019 Plus, Gene was an expert at schmoozing investigators and would-be investigators. Jack Mccallum,, "Remembering Action Park, America's Most Dangerous, Daring Water Park," 1 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Singer cajoles stressed out, wealthy parents; schmoozes with them about his financial investments; and tries to impress them and the coaches who participated in his scheme with his insider knowledge., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 21 Dec. 2019 In the hours before the debate, many reporters file stories, eat snacks and schmooze with pollsters and political operatives. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "The dirty little secret about covering a debate," 15 Oct. 2019 Perched high above Sunset Boulevard, this is where Hollywood power players schmooze over Southsides. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "The Best Bars and Clubs to Meet a Rich Husband," 3 Dec. 2014 But his desire to practice instead of schmooze with sponsors won’t hurt in dispelling the perception of some that football isn’t all that important to Rosen. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Why Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen didn't practice Thursday," 17 May 2018 Don't be afraid to cultivate relationships with inspirational people, using your natural finesse to network and schmooze. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What May's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 26 Apr. 2018 Most are already technical whizzes and strong musicians who then are taught as fellows how to converse with the public, meld into an ensemble, speak to journalists, generate interesting programming ideas, schmooze with donors and teach. Sean Erwin, miamiherald, "New World Symphony: Classical music and a genius for community building | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 2018 The showcase is also a great chance for the basketball industry to network and schmooze, even more so than summer league in Las Vegas. Jeremy Woo,, "The G-League Showcase: 25 Early Observations from the Annual Event," 12 Jan. 2018 And because Keith loves the spotlight, expect him to schmooze and wade through the crowd, ready for any photo op that might arise. Kevin Warwick, Chicago Reader, "Hip-hop alien Kool Keith again invades Logan Arcade for his annual X-mas extravaganza," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of schmooze


1888, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for schmooze


Yiddish shmuesn, from schmues talk, from Hebrew shĕmu'ōth news, rumor

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26 Feb 2020

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“Schmooze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of schmooze

informal : to talk with someone in a friendly way often in order to get some advantage for yourself

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